Announcement: Summer 2018 Law Student Internship

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) is seeking full-time law student interns for its 2018 Summer Program.  EBCLC is the community-based clinic for Berkeley Law School and the largest provider of free legal services to low-income residents of Alameda County, California. During its summer session, EBCLC welcomes students from all law schools.

What is the East Bay Community Law Center?

EBCLC is a nationally-recognized poverty law clinic founded by Berkeley Law students in 1988 with the dual mission of providing high quality legal services to low-income clients and first-rate clinical education to law students. In eight clinics within five broad programs areas, EBCLC staff and students take a multimodal approach to addressing the causes and conditions of poverty and inequality by providing legal education and outreach, brief services, full and holistic representation, and policy advocacy.  Placements are available in the following clinics:

  • Clean Slate–Community Reentry & Decriminalization of Poverty: holistic post-conviction advocacy, litigation, policy advocacy
  • Consumer Justice & General Clinic: self-help services, litigation, policy advocacy
  • Education Defense & Justice for Youth/Youth Defender Clinic: holistic criminal defense
  • Education Defense & Justice for Youth/Education Advocacy Clinic: holistic education advocacy (administrative, litigation)
  • Community Economic Justice (CEJ): transactional community-centered lawyering; people-oriented economic development
  • Health & Welfare: multidisciplinary & holistic, policy advocacy
  • Housing & Eviction Defense: litigation
  • Immigration: administrative advocacy, litigation

Please go to https://ebclc.org/students/summer-program/ for more practice group information.

Why should I intern at EBCLC?

Gain Hands-on Lawyering Experience:  EBCLC offers you the opportunity to put your classroom learning to work and to gain a broad range of experience in the real-life practice of law.  With extensive substantive law and skills training, you have primary responsibility for your legal work, including conducting client interviews, counseling clients, negotiating settlements, drafting pleadings and representing clients in administrative hearings and court proceedings.

Receive Close, High-Quality Supervision: You choose a practice group and are assigned to work with one of EBCLC’s clinical supervisors.  Supervisors offer day-to-day direction on casework and projects, meet weekly to review your work, and organize regular “case rounds” for all students within a practice group.

Serve the Community:  As law student interns, you make a substantial contribution to meeting the legal needs of the low-income community at a time when resources to address these needs are increasingly scarce.

Build Your Resume:  Employers in the private, government and non-profit sectors are looking for students who are “practice-ready,” and they highly value the practical skills and professional responsibility students learn in clinical settings such as EBCLC.

What is my time commitment if I intern at EBCLC?

The summer session is ten weeks long, from Tuesday, May 29, 2018 through Friday, August 3, 2018. Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. Workloads in any given week may vary due to the nature of a live client practice, but you will not regularly be required to work more hours than anticipated.

What qualifications must I have to intern at EBCLC?

No specific previous training or coursework is required; however, a demonstrated commitment to serving low-income, minority and underrepresented individuals and groups, and/or previous experience in one of our practice areas or in public interest law is highly desirable, as is second language ability in any of the following: Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Cambodian, or Farsi.  EBCLC staff will work with students to secure funding through fellowships from law schools and other public interest sources; however, we are unable to offer compensation for summer internship positions.

How do I apply?

Interested law students should use the following link: https://ebclc.org/students/summer-program/internship-application/ to submit an application for the summer program.  Applicants will be asked to upload a resume, short cover letter, writing sample, references, and to indicate their clinic preferences.  Please rank your top clinic preference(s) and whether you would accept a placement in any clinic.

Applications are accepted and hiring decisions are made on a rolling basis until positions are filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  All completed applications will be acknowledged. March 30, 2018 is the current deadline for accepting applications.

For more information on EBCLC’s summer program, visit https://ebclc.org/students/summer-program/.

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